Clay County Jail – Henrietta, TX

Clay County Jail is in Childress County, Texas and is the correctional facility for that region. Are you looking for someone in Clay County Jail? This site tells you all about anything a person needs to know about Clay County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Clay County Jail. How to view Clay County Jail mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Childress County court information. And everything else.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to offer info that you need to make going to jail easier. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or feedback that might help others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Clay County Jail
215 W. Gilbert Street
Henrietta, TX 76365

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 940-538-5611
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and want to find out where they are?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?

In order to search who’s in jail at Clay County Jail you should navigate to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Clay County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. You can find info about anybody who has been arrested or released within the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You can locate their arrest information more quickly if you enter their first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for may be at a different jail you can check our Texas county jail guide: Other County Jails in Texas


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail booking picture, is the picture taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your name and intake number will be on the mugshot, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed on the Clay County Jail website, or you can see them in person at the Clay County Jail. When viewing online you will have to put in the first and last name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken off of the Clay County Jail website? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are in jail, your primary thought is about getting out. After booking, bail is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you must agree to show up for court, and until that date you won’t be allowed to leave town.

Usually, an inmate at Clay County Jail can earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be granted work release. You will either have to stay the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by how serious your charges are. You or someone you know will have to pay 10% of the amount that was determined so you can bail out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the jail. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can see the bail amount on the Clay County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the person will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes charge a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bondsman will in these cases request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond.

To talk to a bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Childress County

Have you ever used the services of bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please share your experience in a comment below, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • You will answer a bunch of questions, such as your full legal name, your address, birthdate and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call in order to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did it take to get processed? Were you treated fairly? Can you share any tips that could help others make it through jail intake?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process will take anywhere from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether or not you have a bond amount or if a judge must figure out your bail amount. For minor offenses, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, you should expect to be discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell someone that think that there is a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Ensure that you aren’t late. Just bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, for example a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must give each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s information will be entered into a log of approved visitors as an Authorized visit. Every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
The Clay County Jail visitation procedures frequently change, so you should check the official jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are generally pricier than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 940-538-5611

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent via the US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and read by the jail officers, and will be returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Clay County Jail:

Clay County Jail
215 W. Gilbert Street
Henrietta, TX 76365

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Clay County Jail
215 W. Gilbert Street
Henrietta, TX 76365


The mail policy at Clay County Jail is always changing, so you should visit the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these being your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the court system in Childress County. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your case, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on this subject, visit: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are completely licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records are comprised of a file containing a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence filed in the course of your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records via the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Childress County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records related to your court case are kept and available to you at the Childress County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges from your court case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the person that will preside on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and details of the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will take into account when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim. Be sure to remember you are able to ask to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date that you must go to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if some you know is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To do this, just go to the Childress County jail website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the Childress County jail, on the phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and this information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Childress County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view these listings online, but remember that you can’t see the exact address, but rather the neighborhood block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file containing a docket and any filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to the Childress County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not be able to see if they has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you have to do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you make a phone call to the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that people search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Childress County,the Childress County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Childress County jail is quite unpleasant, in time you will get used to the routine that is set for you. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at about six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will be required to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Clay County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Clay County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending funds to someone in jail might change, so it would be best to double check the official website before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Clay County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Clay County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Clay County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated at Clay County Jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write down your jail experience so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in your comment:

    • Conditions in Clay County Jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to talk to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Clay County Jail


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